Re: JAWSAT launched!

From: Jim Scotti (jscotti@LPL.Arizona.EDU)
Date: Wed Jan 26 2000 - 19:32:14 PST

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    Hi All,
        I observed the JAWSAT launch from Kitt Peak tonight.  I wandered out
    into the cold and wind on the rocks just next to our dome just after 3:00
    UT, waiting, wondering what I'd see.  I was looking low in the NW, in the
    usual direction of launches from Vandenberg and wasn't seeing anything,
    when suddenly, an irregularly shaped bluish-white cloud appeared about 20
    degrees high almost due west.  It expanded quickly and grew to cover
    almost half the western sky, extending up about 60 degrees and down to
    about 10 or 15 degrees elevation.  As it faded, I started to head back
    around the south side of the dome (at about 3:11 UT more or less) and saw
    a 2nd plume low in the SW sky with a brighter head on the left (south)
    side of a shallow conical nearly horizontally directed plume.  It had a
    little hook on the bright end, and the general shape reminded me of an old
    Edison era phonograph.  It faded even faster than the first plume.  It was
    quite spectacular.  Too bad I didn't have my camera set up!  Drats! 
    Jim Scotti                              
    Lunar & Planetary Laboratory 
    University of Arizona                520/621-2717 
    Tucson, AZ 85721 USA           
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